I'm a firm believer that you should go into every first gaming experience hoping to win, expecting to lose, and determined to learn.
Secret Santas '11 experience:
Dear BGG Santa
, I have received your package (by tracking down your helper elves). Now it's awaiting the Christmas weekend to be enjoyed. Thank you very much!
...and Dear Santa Grogs
, I'm in fervent negotiations with your
helper elves to organize the gift delivery. See you soon!
p.s. geeklist accounts to follow
Secret Santa '09 experience: Gracias por los regalos hermoso, hombre astuto de Valencia!
And, after a year of austerity, we are back - the Secret Santa '11 & Wargame Secret Santa '11. Double the goodness, double the fun!
-*-*-*-*-*- for my Secret Santas -*-*-*-*-*-
Thank you very much for your presents!
I speak English, Italian, Croatian. So games in those languages are ok. And also games in other languages which are language independent or for which a crib-sheet is needed are ok.
Used and damaged games are also ok (as long as the damage doesn't make the game unplayable).
Sweden has expensive games. So maybe getting the games from UK, Germany,..., is cheaper (even with the shipping). Just remember to write "GIFT" on the package so I don't have problems with the customs.
I can pick up the games from shops in the Stockholm and Uppsala area personally (so no shipping costs). Some of those are (use of google translate/chrome is highly suggested)AlphaSpelDragon's LairSF BokhandelnFantasiaPrisfyndet
and, of course, the mother of all referencesA game shopping guide to Sweden
(you can also use a general tool for price comparison in Sweden
This has been superseded by the SS info which shows the other Secret Santas of your target:The delightful pain of having two Secret Santas (BGG and Wargame). There is always the problem of duplicated gifts (if my BGG SS wants to go down the wargame route, or the age old dilemma on how to classify some games). You could use the Secret Santa account (username: Santa , password: password ) not just to tease me, but also to coordinate gift selection. Just create (or first check if it's been already created) a geekmail (with a logical subject, like "gifts for Altaira '11") in which you list, under your anonymous name (BGG or Wargame Secret Santa), what games you plan on sending, and save it as a draft (instead of sending it) - that way you can both edit it. And there shouldn't be many drafts, so it should be easy to find. I promise I won't peek!